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Olympic Dreams - On shoot with Shanaze

Olympic Dreams follows Shanaze Reade

Olympic Dreams is following some of GB's stars aiming for the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. The second series transmits in July and August and BMX new world champion Shanaze Reade is involved again

Shanaze Reade rides in BMX and on the track

She is only 19 and 'Speedy Readey' has already bagged a wardrobe full of trophies. And what's more, she is a world beater on a BMX bike (recently crowned world champion in China), as well as on the track

Olympic Dreams visits a Shanaze training session

In the build-up to Beijing, Reade splits her time between the Manchester velodrome and specialist BMX training in Crewe. The Olympics Dreams team visited one of her BMX sessions

Shanaze at the start gates

Shanaze loved athletics as a kid, but after watching a local BMX race in home town Crewe, she hired a bike for 1. She was soon hooked. Training begins at the race gates - the start in a BMX race is crucial

Shanaze Reade in training

In 2003, when Shanaze was choosing her GCSEs, her coach told her BMX had just been introduced to the Olympics and plans for gold began. Not even the boys can keep up with her in training

Coach Grant White and Shanaze Reade

Australian Grant White started coaching GB's BMX riders in January for the Olympics. White is a former pro BMX rider and said: "We'll polish Shanaze up into an awesome BMX rider - not just a good one"

Shanaze Reade in training

Shanaze is anything but ordinary. At junior level, she won three world, eight European and five British BMX championships. And in July last year she became world champion in her first senior season

Shanaze jumping in BMX

Jumps are a big part of BMX. Shanaze told Olympic Dreams you need to be "very adaptable" in many different locations. "There are many variables to contend with, like the wind, rain, heat and the track"

Shanaze Reade and track team-mate Victoria Pendleton

Shanaze took up track cycling to keep fit and amazingly won a team sprint world title in March 2007 with Victoria Pendleton after only six weeks of training. They won it again in Manchester this year

Shanaze Reade looking for more success

After her crushing worlds victory in China, Shanaze will be favourite for more glory in Beijing. Shanaze recently said: "My goals won't be complete until I become Olympic champion". Don't bet against it


see also
Reade cruises to BMX world title
31 May 08 |  Cycling
Olympic Dreams - Shanaze Reade
03 Oct 07 |  London 2012
Reade targets golden year
11 Jan 08 |  Cycling
Cycling on the BBC
13 May 08 |  Cycling
Olympic Dreams: Shanaze Reade
22 Apr 08 |  London 2012

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